Praising over a pint at loved local

The Point's 'Pub at a Church' at The Woolpack. Picture: Matt Freestone Photography
The Point's 'Pub at a Church' at The Woolpack. Picture: Matt Freestone Photography

It’s not often you stumble across a church meeting in a pub.

But that is exactly what happens at The Point Church, based at Burgess Hill, who meet six times a year at a loved local.

Parishioners gather to sing songs, pray, discuss topics and enjoy a pint at The Woolpack on Howard Avenue.

Stuart Barbour, who is the worship leader at the church, thought up the idea after being a regular folk performer at the venue.

He said: “I play music at the pub every Friday and the landlord asked me what I do with the church.

“I told him I work at The Point as the worship pastor and he asked if I would like to do something in the pub.”

The Church in a Pub group was launched four years ago.

The format of the evening is based on the BBC programme Songs of Praise.

Stuart wanted a balance of the hour long session and believed the style of the TV programme would work well in a pub environment.

The group now welcome at least 50 people at each event.

Mr Barbour said: “The four years have been good.

“We have a lot of people who have a faith and go to church every week. We have people who have a faith but are not comfortable in a Sunday church environment so come to this.

“The atmosphere is quite relaxed. It is accommodating for everyone.”

The meetings are family friendly with the next taking place on Sunday December 3 at 7pm.